Static Stretching of the Hamstring Muscle for Injury Prevention in Football Codes: a Systematic Review
Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 4 (1); 1-9
November 19, 2012
Article Type: Review Article
June 11, 2012
November 9, 2012
D. Static Stretching of the Hamstring Muscle for Injury Prevention in Football Codes: a Systematic Review,
Asian J Sports Med.
Online ahead of Print
Hamstring injuries are common among football players. There is still disagreement regarding prevention. The aim of this review is to determine whether static stretching reduces hamstring injuries in football codes.
A systematic literature search was conducted on the online databases PubMed, PEDro, Cochrane, Web of Science, Bisp and Clinical Trial register. Study results were presented descriptively and the quality of the studies assessed were based on Cochrane's risk of bias tool.
The review identified 35 studies, including four analysis studies. These studies show deficiencies in the quality of study designs.
The study protocols are varied in terms of the length of intervention and follow-up. No RCT studies are available, however, RCT studies should be conducted in the near future.
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